Pandemos is a multimedia art project and physical exhibition conceived during the Covid-19 pandemic in spring 2020. Together with a jury specially trained for the occasion, we selected 13 artists working in Sicily who worked during the summer to produce works of art that reflected on the pandemic experience and its consequences.
The Covid-19 crisis represents one of the most significant interruptions of daily life and business-as-usual of recent times. We want to seize on these extraordinary developments and engage a new generation of artists, thinkers and writers in the creation of artworks that will remain as witness to the pandemic event of 2020, while providing a mythopoetic contribution to the transformation of our unhappy, unsustainable, and unjust “normality”.
Weeks of lockdown starkly challenged us to redefine our previously held values. This applied both on an individual level – from our perception of time to that of personal relations, from our relation to objects, animals or plants to the reassessment of what holds meaning – as on a systemic level – with cultural institutions and artists forced to experiment with new ways of engaging their audiences and guaranteeing the continuation of creative output.
Glimpses of a different present, possible alterity, have been emerging from this lived experience. The land has been plowed. Has anything of value emerged? Can we pick it up and look at it closely? Understanding our respective practices as an act of care, a power capable of generating new realities, which potentialities should we nourish? You may want to read Lorenzo Marsili’s Non aspettatevi troppo dalla fine del mondo or Jan Verwoert’s Personal Support: How To Care? to situate these questions in a broader context.
Pandemos takes the form of a multimedia and multi-dimensional book and flatpack exhibition, in some ways referencing the magic tomes that inhabit the libraries described by Jorge Luis Borges, or the Atlas produced by Aby Warburg. The various contributions form chapters of a collective work, with each contribution following a language of choice: whether that is a story, a performance, a theoretical text, a musical composition, a visual artwork, or else.
Michele Bubacco + Santabinder
Michele Maria Cammarata & Roberto Lentini
Michelangelo Ferrara + Carlotta Berti
Izabela Anna Moren
Luca Cinquemani, Giusi Diana, Letizia Gullo, Simone Mannino, Lorenzo Marsili, Izabela Anna Moren, Ennio Pellicanò, Filippo Pistoia, Clarissa Renée Podbielski, Giuseppina Vara, Giorgio Vasta